This week we saw two great examples of crowd-sourced Google Maps. AXS Map is a great resource for finding accessible buildings, whilst Bostonography are busy soliciting opinions on Boston’s neighborhood boundaries.
AXS Map is using the Google Maps API to crowd-source and review accessible buildings and venues.
You can search AXS Map for accessible venues by searching for a type of
venue and a location, e.g. restaurants in New York or coffee in San Francisco. The results of each
search are then displayed on a Google Map. Venues that have already been
reviewed for their accessibility are displayed on the map with a green
If you click on a reviewed venue you can
find out if the building has a wide entry and if it has ramped access.
You can also discover whether the restrooms are accessible. As AXS Map is a
crowd-sourced platform users can also contribute their own reviews
of a venue's accessibility.
Bostonography is running a project to find out where Bostonians believe their neighborhood boundaries lie.
The project is using a Google Maps tool
which allows participants to draw on a Google Map where they think
Boston neighborhood boundaries run. This has allowed Bostonography to
create a map of all the amalgamated responses so far.
The results for each neighborhood are also being analysed to see which
neighborhood boundaries participants have a strong agreement about and
to highlight areas where there are contradictory opinions about which
neighborhood they belong to.